INTEGRA

TO11

Enhancing institutional capacity of public authorities and stakeholders and efficient public administration.

The project in numbers
Duration:
19 months
Start date: 01.10.17
End date: 30.04.19
N. Partner: 4
 
Progress
Budget:
611.072,85€
Budget FERS:
519.411,92€

The project in numbers

Duration: 
19 months
Start / End: 
01.10.17 to 30.04.19
Project progress: 
100%
Budget: 
611072.85€
Budget FERS: 
519411.92€

INTEGRA

A cross-border network for migrant women: social integration, and sexual and reproductive health
Priority Axis 4
Enhancing capacity building and cross-border governance
Specific Objective: 
OS 4.1.
Investment Priority: 
PI 11CTE
Typology: 
Standard
Overall Objective of the Project: 

The project’s overall objective is to increase the knowledge and cross-border cooperation of healthcare professionals with regard to the sexual and reproductive health of migrant women (particularly those at risk of FGM and MF), through the establishment of a sexual and reproductive health index and common guidelines. This will allow healthcare operators to tackle this growing problem in the cross-border area using a common intervention protocol.

Project summary: 

The program area is experiencing an increase in the number of migrants from Middle Eastern and African countries due to its proximity to the “Balkan route.” The presence of people from profoundly different cultures poses new integration challenges at every institutional level. The project aims to address a topic that has yet been little explored: the protection of the sexual and reproductive health of migrant women from highly patriarchal cultures. The project provides for an interdisciplinary approach, with an initial phase dedicated to the assessment of the phenomenon, followed by the establishment of intervention guidelines for social services and healthcare operators. The project also entails specific training for social services and healthcare operators, with a focus upon overcoming the difficulties of intercultural communication, and specific medical training for the care of migrant women, even in the most serious cases, such as female genital mutilation. The project will be carried out with a cross-border approach for two reasons: the first is that the migration phenomenon affects the cross-border area covered by the Program, as the permeability of the border favours the transit of the migrant population between the neighbouring countries, hence the need for common guidelines; the second reason is the exchange of good practices, as the Italian healthcare facilities have more experience in caring for migrant women from Asia and Africa, while in Slovenia these patients are a new phenomenon, and thus far the Slovenian facilities have mainly encountered difficulties relating to sexual and reproductive health of women from the former Yugoslavia (Bosnia and Kosovo), hence the need for the exchange of good practices and common guidelines.

Main results: 

1) Common guidelines for intercultural communication and relations, as well as on medical techniques for the treatment of women who are victims of FGM and MF. The guidelines will be based on well established good practices, on the exchange of experiences between operators, and on the new sexual and reproductive health index established based on the results of the research/activities.
2) Training of healthcare professionals with regard to intercultural communications and relations, and the medical techniques to be adopted for patients who are victims of FGM and MF. Training of intercultural mediators and the creation of new mediators capable of understanding the integration requirements between the communities and the hospital institutions in order to establish a working healthcare relationship.

Partner

Lead Partner

Università degli Studi di Trieste Dipartimento di Scienze Politiche e Sociali - DiSPeS

Trieste
ITA

Project partner 1

I.R.C.C.S. materno infantile Burlo Garofolo

Trieste
ITA

Project partner 2

Univerza na Primorskem FAKULTETA ZA VEDE O ZDRAVJU FACOLTÀ DI SCIENZE DELLA SALUTE

Obalno-kraška
SLO

Project partner 3

Bolnišnica Postojna

Primorsko-notranjska
SLO

Documents

Poster evento annuale 30/05/2018Poster evento annuale 30/05/2018
INTEGRA_ITA.pdf
( 534 bytes, published on 12 June, 2018 - 10:38 )
2019.1.21. Workshop: the role of the Intercultural mediator2019.1.21. Workshop: the role of the Intercultural mediator
2019.1.21 Integra - Workshop Trieste.pdf
( 404 bytes, published on 18 January, 2019 - 15:33 )
2019.4.13 Integra - Final Conference.pdf
( 324 bytes, published on 11 April, 2019 - 12:41 )
2019.4.15 Integra - Final Training Event.pdf
( 410 bytes, published on 11 April, 2019 - 12:41 )

Objectives and Activities

MAIN OBJECTIVES OF THE PROJECT

The overall objective of the project is to increase the knowledge and cross-border cooperation of health professionals on the sexual and reproductive health of migrant women, especially those at risk of female genital mutilation and forced marriages, through the development of common guidelines and a sexual and reproductive health index. This will enable health workers to address the growing problem through a common protocol of intervention.

 

CURRENT SITUATION OF THE PROJECT IMPLEMENTATION (30/05/2018)

WP3.1 activities are currently underway to investigate from a multidisciplinary perspective the sexual and reproductive health status of migrant women in the project area, intercultural communication difficulties and good practices. The results will be the starting point for the drafting of the common guidelines, the Sexual and Reproductive Health Index and the training activities of the operators foreseen in WP 3.2.


CURRENT SITUATION OF THE PROJECT IMPLEMENTATION (30/04/2019)

On Saturday 13th at the Auditorium, SSLMIT School, Trieste, the Final Conference of the project took place, with the subject: "INTEGRA's answer to the demands for health and social integration of migrant women". The conference opened with the greetings of the authorities, which were followed by two main parts, one on cultural, social and health aspects, implemented by the two research bodies, and a second one focused on health and social guidelines and indicators. The conference had an appendix the following Monday with the training event "IRCBG 19004 Reproductive health of foreign women: the country of departure" organized by IRCCS Burlo Garofolo with the medical staff of Burlo and the doctors of the WHO Collaborating Centre of Burlo. The products made with the project were presented on this occasion. In particular:
- The video "Laws and women's rights", translated into 10 languages, provides basic information on women's right to health.
- The video "The woman's body", in Italian and Slovenian, shows in succession more than 40 anatomical parts while the narrator's voice reads the name of the illustrated organ.
- The brochure "Family planning", translated into ten languages, deals with the themes of the sexual apparatus, contraceptive methods and voluntary termination of pregnancy.
- The two project reports published by Edizioni Università di Trieste "State of sexual and reproductive health of migrant women: difficulties and good practices" and "Guidelines and indicators of sexual and reproductive health of migrant women". 
- The monograph published by the University of Trieste "Women, migrations and health. Ensuring transcultural health care".
In addition, the results of the four training days held at the University of Trieste and the hospitals of Burlo, Isola and Postumia that involved health workers and of the two workshops held in Trieste and Isola addressed to cultural mediators, scholars, operators in the field of associations, etc. were presented.
Finally, the two institutional tables organised in Trieste and Postojna were also attended by local and regional institutional stakeholders.
 

Contacts

Università degli Studi di Trieste Dipartimento di Scienze Politiche e Sociali - DiSPeS

0039 0405583001
Piazzale Europa 1, 34127 Trieste, Italia
FOCASSI FABIO

I.R.C.C.S. materno infantile Burlo Garofolo

0039 0403785111
Via dell'Istria 65/1, 34137 Trieste, Italia
Federica Scrimin

Univerza na Primorskem FAKULTETA ZA VEDE O ZDRAVJU FACOLTÀ DI SCIENZE DELLA SALUTE

00386 (0) 56117500
Titov trg 4, 6000 Koper/Capodistria, Slovenija
Andreja Brecelj

Bolnišnica Postojna

00386 (0) 57000720
Precna ulica 4, 6230 Postojna, Slovenija
Merlo Aleksander